12/16/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Biden Names Former Lobbyist As His Chief Of Staff

President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday named Ronald A. Klain, a former lobbyist and Clinton White House lawyer, as chief of staff to Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.

His selection is one of several early appointments to Mr. Obama's White House and transition staff that calls attention to the limits of Mr. Obama's sweeping self-imposed ethics rules, laid out to fulfill a campaign pledge to "wrest the federal government out of the hands of lobbyists."

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